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65 ‘killed’ in Iran plane crash; Amir sends condolences

DUBAI: All 65 passengers and crew were feared dead in a plane crash in central Iran yesterday after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region.…

Saudi women can start own business; cabinet approves bankruptcy law

RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector.…

Israel kills 2 Palestinians; soldiers hurt

Israel forces attack 18 ‘terror targets’   GAZA: Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip, medical sources said yesterday, as tensions rose after an apparent bomb…

Qatar calls for EU-style security pact for Mideast

MUNICH: Middle Eastern states should put their differences behind them and forge a security pact modeled on the European Union in order to pull the region back from the brink,…

Desperate to come home, Syrians brave Islamic State mines in Raqa

IS scatters mines across the ravaged city – Islamic State has sown death everywhere RAQA: Mohammed Kuraji returned to Syria’s Raqa to prepare a homecoming but ended up organising a…

Trapped by the system, Ethiopian workers in Lebanon see no freedom

Migrant workers face slavery, sexual, physical abuse BEIRUT: It was Betty’s 22nd birthday when she landed in Beirut from Ethiopia with the promise of a well-paid job, but her dream…

Tillerson heads to Ankara to ease Turkey tensions

Tillerson to hold talks with Turkey’s Erdogan ANKARA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Turkey yesterday seeking to ease tensions with its NATO ally that have reached fresh…

Alwaleed gives to football club

RIYADH: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, freed two weeks ago from detention in a luxury hotel during a corruption sweep, said on Tuesday he was answering a government call…

Seeking safety, Syrians pile up in shared flats

‘Maybe bomb will go off and we’ll all die together’ – Turkey pounds border town as death toll mounts AFRIN: Day and night, the members of seven displaced families file…

Netanyahu rejects calls to quit as Israel police seek indictment

PM says police case ‘full of holes, like Swiss cheese’   JERUSALEM: Key coalition partners said yesterday they would stick with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for now, pending a…

Israel military trial of Palestinian teen opens behind closed doors

Teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting Israeli soldiers OFER MILITARY COURT, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers…

Revenge awaits families of IS fighters

‘If they come back – then blood will flow’ RAMADI: In Iraq’s Sunni-dominated Anbar province, residents struggling to rebuild after years of Islamic State group rule are adamant: there will…

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